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“Alexa, what’s the latest golf news?”

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Golf fans in connected homes have a new alternative to the latest news from the golf world, with help from Golf Channel and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Echo, Tap and Dot. These hands-free, voice-controlled devices are delivering golf scores and other news via a daily flash briefing, voiced-over by personalities from Morning Drive, Golf Channels daily morning news series.

The new Golf Channel skill on these devices also can be enabled to provide the latest tournament leaderboards from all the world’s major golf tours, including the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, European Tour, PGA TOUR Champions and Web.com Tour.

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WLGO kicks off Let’s Play Golf

More than 140 golf courses hosted Monday’s World’s Largest Golf Outing, which provided the perfect kick-off to Let’s Play Golf week. Initial reports indicate that WLGO 2017 may be the best ever since the event was launched in 2011. Elaborate opening ceremonies, appearances by local personalities and politicians, and other fun activities were just a few of the headlines that made it an event to remember.

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Dubsdread Golf Course in Orlando, Fla., hosted an opening ceremony for the World’s Largest Golf Outing, featuring welcoming remarks by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (blue shirt).

Dubsdread Golf Course in Orlando, Fla., incorporated a local high school’s ROTC squad into a formal Opening Ceremony, which featured speeches by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and other dignitaries.  Cranbury Golf Club in West Windsor Township, N.J., lined the driveway to their course with American flags and members from the local VFW provided a gun salute to start the tournament.

Let’s Play Golf week continues today with one the most popular themed day – “Women’s Wednesday.” Courses are offering special perks such as clinics, lunch specials and preferred rates. Equipment junkies are stoked to try out the latest equipment tomorrow, as part of “Test Drive Thursday,” and “Family Golf” on Friday will cap what is sure to be a very successful grow-the-game initiative for the nearly 1,000 courses that hosted part or all of Let’s Play Golf week.

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We Are Golf

On April 26, hundreds of golf industry professionals converged on Washington, D.C., for a celebration in our nation’s capital called “National Golf Day.” Organized by the World Golf Foundation and branded “We Are Golf,” this annual event not only provides a showcase for the industry, but also the opportunity to educate and discuss important topics and issues with elected officials. As a major economic force inside the U.S. economy—contributing more than $68 billion and impacting 2 million jobs—our united voices were heard.

Representatives from a variety of golf organizations, including the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Golf Course Owners Association, The First Tee, Club Managers Association of America, as well as GolfNow and Golf Channel, took part. This year, more than 200 meetings with members of Congress and the Senate took place inside their offices surrounding the Capitol building. Among the issues discussed were legislation regarding golf and the environment (Clean Water Rule, and Pesticide General Permits), labor (H-2B Returning Worker Exemption and reform), and health (PHIT Act the expands the IRS definition of medial expense to physical activity).

The early morning kickoff to National Golf Day commenced with an introduction by World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona, who recognized several notable personalities supporting the event, including Olympic gold medalist Dan Jansen, who presented the fitness benefits of golf; and PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III. Golf Channel’s Michael Breed hosted a closest-to-the-pin golf simulator contest while doling out a few swing tips in the process.

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Golf Channel reporter Chantel McCabe interviews U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan on National Golf Day.

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